Will Hurd

official U.S. Congress photo of Will Hurd c. 2015

Birth Name: William Ballard Hurd

Place of Birth: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 19, 1977

*father – African-American
*mother – English, Irish, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Scottish and Cornish

Will Hurd is an American politician. A Republican, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, from January 3, 2015 to January 3, 2021. He has also been a CIA clandestine officer.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2024.

Will is the son of Mary Alice (Knapp) and Robert Edward Hurd. His father is black and his mother was white. Will is married to Lynlie Wallace. Lynlie has been chief of staff to Texas State Representative Lyle Larson.

Will’s paternal grandfather was Robert Edward Hurd, Sr. (the son of Walter/Wallie Hurd/Heard and Mollie Jones). Robert was born in Texas.

Will’s paternal grandmother was Sammie Juanita Maxey (the daughter of Sam Maxey, Jr. and Annie McClain). Will’s grandmother Sammie was born in Texas. Will’s great-grandfather Sam was the son of Sam Maxey, Sr. and Ann Jacob. Will’s great-grandmother Annie was the daughter of Henry McClain and Malaly Campbell.

Will’s maternal grandfather was Harold Leroy Knapp (the son of Ralph Clarence Knapp and Ellen Francis “Nellie” McLaughlin). Harold was born in Pennsylvania. Ralph likely was the son of Charles F. Knapp and Minnie B. Culbertson. Ellen’s father was Irish and her mother was Canadian.

Will’s maternal grandmother was Clara Alice Muthert (the daughter of John William Muthert and Edith Blanche Doan/Doane). Alice was born in Indiana. John was the son of Henry Harmon Muthert and Elizabeth Grile. Edith was the daughter of Courtland Doan and Louisa Jane Chamness.

Sources: Genealogy of Will Hurd – https://www.geni.com

Will’s paternal grandmother, Sammie Juanita Maxey, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Will’s maternal greet-grandfather, Ralph Clarence Knapp – https://www.newspapers.com

Obituary of Will’s maternal great-grandmother, Ellen Francis “Nellie” (McLaughlin) Knapp – https://www.newspapers.com

Obituary of Will’s maternal grandmother, Clara Alice (Muthert) Knapp – https://www.newspapers.com

4 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Will’s paternal grandfather was named Robert Edward Hurd, Sr. (the son of Walter/Wallie Hurd/Heard and Mollie Jones). Robert was born in Texas.

  2. andrew says:

    his mother’s maiden surname is German

    * European (mother)

    White Americans =/= English

    English people are from England

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